By Macdonald Ayang, February 14, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – Youths drawn from across the ten Regions of the country converged at the Presidential Villa yesterday to fete President Biya’s 84th birthday.
State broadcaster, CRTV, reported that the youths, who showed up in their hundreds, chanted birthday and other celebratory songs while exchanging pleasantries in honour of the President.
Biya was born February 13, 1933 in Mvomeka’a, South Region of the country. His birthday has always been celebrated at the presidential palace, often by members of the presidential family and a hand full of guests.
Last year, for example, pictures circulated on social media showing the Head of State in a sky blue traditional outfit (commonly referred to as Gandoura) alongside his wife, Chantal, cutting a birthday cake in celebration.
President Biya’s birthday, it should be said, always comes two days after the national youth day celebration (February 11). This year, the birthday anniversary came on the heels of a not-too-good outing by the youths in the North West and South West Regions, owing to the current Anglophone crisis which has paralyzed activities in schools and courts in the regions.
President Biya, who rose through the ranks of power, took over as Cameroon’s Head of State on November 6, 1982 following the abrupt resignation of first president, Ahmadou Ahidjo. He has since won successive elections through rigging to remain at the helm of the country. Presidential elections are due in Cameroon next year.